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ash-Shu`ara` (The Poets)
as rendered by Muhammad Taqi Usmani
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Muhammad Taqi Usmani rendition of Surah The Poets(ash-Shu`ara`)
26:1 Ta sin mim.
26:2 These are the verses of the manifest Book.
26:3 (O Prophet,) perhaps you are going to let yourself collapse in grief because they do not believe.
26:4 If We so will, We can send down to them a sign from the sky, for which their necks will stay bent in submission.
26:5 Never a new message comes to them from the RaHman (the All-Merciful Allah), but they become averse to it.
26:6 Thus they rejected (the Truth); well, soon will come to them the real descriptions of what they used to ridicule.
26:7 Have they not looked at the earth, how many of the noble pairs (of vegetation) We have caused to grow in it?
26:8 Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers,
26:9 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:10 (Remember) when your Lord called Musa saying, .Go to the transgressing people,
26:11 the people of Pharaoh. Do they not fear Allah?.
26:12 He (Musa) said, .My Lord, I fear that they will reject me.
26:13 My heart gets straitened, and my tongue is not fluent; so send for Harun.
26:14 Moreover, they have (leveled) a charge of offence against me, and I fear they will kill me;.
26:15 He (Allah) said, .Never! (They will not be able to kill you.) So go, both of you, with Our signs. We are with you, listening (to the conversation you will have with him.)
26:16 So go, both of you, to Pharaoh and say, ‘We both are messengers of the Lord of all the worlds,
26:17 (sent with the message) that you must send the children of Isra‘il with us‘.
26:18 He (Pharaoh) said, .Did we not nourish you among us as a child? And you remained amidst us for years,
26:19 and you did the blunder you did; still you are ungrateful.
26:20 He said, .I did that at a time when I was mistaken.
26:21 Then I fled away from you when I feared you. Thereafter my Lord granted wisdom to me, and made me one of the messengers.
26:22 As for the favor with which you are obliging me, it is that you have enslaved the children of Isra‘il.
26:23 Pharaoh said, .What is the Lord of the worlds?.
26:24 He (Musa) said, .Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatever there is between them, if you are to believe.
26:25 He (The Pharaoh) said to those around him, .Are you not hearing?.
26:26 He (Musa) said, .Your Lord and the Lord of your early forefathers.
26:27 He (Pharaoh) said, .Your messenger who is sent to you is a mad man indeed.
26:28 He (Musa) said, .Lord of the East and the West and whatever lies between them, if you are to understand.
26:29 He (Pharaoh) said, .If you adopt a God other than me, I will certainly put you to prison.
26:30 He (Musa) said .Will you (do this) even if I bring to you something evident?.
26:31 He said, .Then bring it, if you are truthful.
26:32 So, he threw down his staff, and in no time it was a serpent, clearly visible,
26:33 and he drew out his hand, and right then it was a white light to the onlookers.
26:34 He (Pharaoh) said to the chiefs around him .This man is certainly an expert sorcerer.
26:35 He wants to expel you from your land with his sorcery. So what do you suggest?.
26:36 They said, .Leave him and his brother alone for some time, and send heralds to the cities,
26:37 so that they bring to you every highly expert sorcerer.
26:38 So the sorcerers were assembled for the appointed time of a known day,
26:39 and it was said to the people, .Would you assemble,
26:40 so that we may follow the sorcerers if they are victorious?.
26:41 So, when the sorcerers came, they said to Pharaoh, .Will there be a sure reward for us, if we are the victorious?.
26:42 He said, .Yes, and of course, you will then be among the closer ones.
26:43 Musa said to them, .Throw you down what you are to throw.
26:44 So they threw down their ropes and their staffs and said, .By the majesty of Pharaoh, we will be the triumphant for sure.
26:45 Then Musa threw down his staff, and in no time it started swallowing the falsehood they invented.
26:46 So the sorcerers were made (by the truth they saw) to fall down in prostration.
26:47 They said, .We have believed in the Lord of the worlds,
26:48 the Lord of Musa and Harun.
26:49 He (Pharaoh) said, .You have believed in him before I permit you. Surely, he (Musa) is the chief of you all, who has taught you sorcery. So you will soon know (your fate). I will cut off your hands and feet from different sides, and will crucify you all together.
26:50 They said, .There is no harm. We will return to our Lord.
26:51 We really hope that our Lord will forgive us our faults, as we are the first of the believers.
26:52 And We revealed to Musa saying, .Make My servants travel at night. You will be pursued.
26:53 So Pharaoh sent into the cities (his) men to muster (people)
26:54 saying, .These are a small band,
26:55 and indeed they are enraging us,
26:56 and we are a host, well-armed.
26:57 Thus We expelled them (i.e. the people of Pharaoh) from gardens and springs,
26:58 and from treasures and a noble abode.
26:59 Thus it was. And We made the children of Isra‘il inherit all such things.
26:60 So they (the people of Pharaoh) pursued them (the people of Musa) at the time of sunrise.
26:61 And when the two hosts saw each other, the companions of Musa said, .Surely we are overtaken.
26:62 He said, .Never! Indeed with me is my Lord. He will guide me.
26:63 So We revealed to Musa saying, .Strike the sea with your staff. So it was severed apart, and each part became like a big mountain.
26:64 Then We brought others close to that place.
26:65 And We saved Musa and all those with him.
26:66 Then we drowned the others.
26:67 Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers,
26:68 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:69 And recite before them the narrative of Ibrahim,
26:70 when he said to his father and to his people, .What do you worship?.
26:71 They said, .We worship idols, and stay devoted to them.
26:72 He said, .Do they listen to you when you call (them)
26:73 or do they bring benefit to you or harm?.
26:74 They said, .No, but we have found our fathers doing like this.
26:75 He said, .Have you then ever considered what you have been worshipping,
26:76 you and your ancient fathers,
26:77 they all are an enemy to me, except the Lord of the worlds,
26:78 who created me, and who guides me,
26:79 and Who feeds me and gives me drink,
26:80 and when I become sick, He heals me,
26:81 and who will make me die, then will give me life,
26:82 and who, I hope, will forgive my fault on the Day of Retribution.
26:83 O my Lord, give me wisdom, and make me join the righteous,
26:84 and destine for me a truthful description among the next generations,
26:85 and make me among those who will inherit the Garden of Bliss,
26:86 and forgive my father. Indeed he was one of those who went astray,
26:87 and do not put me to disgrace on the Day when all will be raised to life,
26:88 the Day when neither wealth will be of any use (to any one) nor sons,
26:89 except to him who will come to Allah with a sound heart,
26:90 and the Paradise will be brought near to the God-fearing
26:91 and the Hell will be fully uncovered for the perverse,
26:92 and it will be said to them, ‘Where is that which you used to worship
26:93 beside Allah? Can they help you or help themselves?‘
26:94 So they (their false gods) will be thrown on their faces into it - they and the erring people
26:95 and the entire army of Iblis (Satan), all together.
26:96 They will say when they will be quarreling there with each other,
26:97 #NAME?
26:98 when we used to equate you with the Lord of the worlds,
26:99 and it is only the sinners who misguided us.
26:100 Now we have neither any intercessors
26:101 nor any true friend.
26:102 Would that we have a chance to return whereby we may join the believers!‘.
26:103 Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers,
26:104 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:105 The people of NuH rejected the messengers
26:106 when their brother NuH said to them, .Do you not fear Allah?
26:107 I am an honest messenger for you.
26:108 So, fear Allah and obey me.
26:109 I do not claim from you any reward for it. My reward is with none but with the Lord of the worlds;
26:110 so, fear Allah and obey me.
26:111 They said, .Shall we believe in you while you are followed by the lowest people?.
26:112 He said, .I do not know about what they do;
26:113 their account is with none but with my Lord, if you have sense.
26:114 And I am not the one who would drive the believers away;
26:115 I am no more than a plain warner.
26:116 They said, .Should you not stop, O NuH, you will surely be stoned.
26:117 He said, .My Lord, my people have rejected me.
26:118 So judge between me and them with an open verdict, and save me and all the believers who are with me.
26:119 So We saved him and those with him in the Ark that was fully occupied.
26:120 Then We drowned, after that, all the remaining.
26:121 Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers
26:122 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Very-Merciful.
26:123 The (people of) ‘Ad rejected the messengers
26:124 when their brother Hud said to them, .Do you not fear Allah?
26:125 I am an honest messenger for you,
26:126 so fear Allah and obey me.
26:127 I do not claim from you any reward for it. My reward is with none but with the Lord of the worlds.
26:128 Do you erect on every height a monument, having no sound purpose,
26:129 and take the objects of architecture as if you are going to live forever,
26:130 and when you seize (someone) you seize as tyrants?
26:131 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:132 And fear the One who has supported you with what you know.
26:133 He has supported you with cattle and sons,
26:134 and with gardens and springs.
26:135 In fact I fear for you the punishment of a horrible day.
26:136 They said, .It is all equal for us, whether you give us advice or you do not become one of the advisors.
26:137 This is nothing but the practice of the ancient,
26:138 and we are not going to be punished.
26:139 Thus they rejected him, so We destroyed them. Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers,
26:140 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:141 The (people of) Thamud rejected the messengers
26:142 when their brother SaliH said to them, .Do you not fear Allah?
26:143 I am an honest messenger for you.
26:144 So, fear Allah and obey me.
26:145 I do not claim from you any reward for it. My reward is with none but with the Lord of the worlds.
26:146 Will you be left secure in whatever is here,
26:147 in gardens and springs,
26:148 and in farms and date-palms, the spathes of which are interwoven?
26:149 You hew out houses from the hills with pride.
26:150 So fear Allah and obey me,
26:151 and do not obey the order of the transgressors
26:152 who make mischief on the land and who do not set things right.
26:153 They said, .You are merely one of those bewitched.
26:154 You are nothing but a human like us. So, bring a sign if you are one of the truthful.
26:155 He said, .This is a she-camel. She has a share of water, and you have a share of water on a specified day.
26:156 So do not touch her with evil (intent), lest you should be seized by a painful punishment.
26:157 But they killed her, then they became remorseful,
26:158 and the punishment seized them. Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers,
26:159 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:160 The people of LuT rejected the messengers
26:161 when their brother LuT said to them, .Do you not fear Allah?
26:162 I am an honest messenger for you.
26:163 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:164 I do not claim from you any reward for it. My reward is with none but with the Lord of the worlds.
26:165 Do you go to the males (for having sex) out of the whole universe,
26:166 and leave your wives whom your Lord has created for you? Indeed you are a people who cross (all) limits.
26:167 They said, .If you do not stop O LuT, you shall be included among the outcast.
26:168 He said .Indeed, I am annoyed with your act.
26:169 My Lord, save me and my family from what they do.
26:170 So We saved him and his family, all of them
26:171 except an old woman among those who remained behind.
26:172 Then We destroyed the others,
26:173 and subjected them to a terrible rain. So evil was the rain of those who were warned.
26:174 Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers,
26:175 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:176 The people of Aaikah rejected the messengers
26:177 when Shu‘aib said to them, .Do you not fear Allah?
26:178 I am an honest messenger for you.
26:179 So fear Allah and obey me.
26:180 And I do not claim from you any reward for it; my reward is with none but with the Lord of the worlds.
26:181 Give full measure, and do not be among those who bring loss to others.
26:182 Weigh with an even balance,
26:183 and do not make people short of their things, and do not spread disorder in the land as mischief-makers,
26:184 and be fearful of the One who created you and the former generations.
26:185 They said, .You are but one of the bewitched men.
26:186 You are no more than a human like us, and in fact we consider you to be one of the liars.
26:187 So cause a piece from the sky to fall down upon us, if you are one of the truthful.
26:188 He said, .My Lord knows well what you do.
26:189 Thus they rejected him, so they were seized by the torment of the Day of Canopy. Indeed it was the punishment of a terrible day.
26:190 Surely, in this there is a sign, but most of them are not believers,
26:191 and indeed your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful.
26:192 This (Qur‘an) is the revelation of the Lord of the worlds.
26:193 The Trusted Spirit has brought it down
26:194 upon your heart, so that you become one of the warners
26:195 in plain Arabic language.
26:196 And of course, it is (mentioned) in the Scriptures of the former people.
26:197 Is it not a proof for them that the knowledgeable of the children of Isra‘il recognize him (the prophet)?
26:198 Even if We had revealed it to a Non-Arab,
26:199 and he had recited it to them, they would not have believed in it.
26:200 This is how We have made it pass through the hearts of the sinners.
26:201 They will not believe in it until they will see the painful punishment
26:202 and it will come to them suddenly while they will not be anticipating (it),
26:203 and (then) they will say, .Is it (possible) that we are given some respite?.
26:204 Is it then Our punishment that they are trying to hasten up?
26:205 So tell me, if We give them enjoyment for years,
26:206 then comes to them what they are warned of,
26:207 what help can they receive from the comforts they were given to enjoy?
26:208 We did not destroy any town unless it has had warners
26:209 to give advice, and We have never been unjust.
26:210 And this (Qur‘an) is not brought down by devils.
26:211 It neither suits them, nor are they able to (do this).
26:212 In fact, they are kept far away from hearing (it at the time of revelation).
26:213 So do not invoke any other god along with Allah, otherwise you will be among those who are to be punished.
26:214 And warn the nearest people of your clan,
26:215 and be kind with humbleness to the believers who followed you.
26:216 So if they disobey you, then say, .I disown what you do,.
26:217 and place your trust in the Mighty, the Merciful,
26:218 Who sees you when you stand (in prayer,)
26:219 and (sees) your movement among those who prostrate themselves.
26:220 Surely, He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
26:221 Shall I tell you on whom the devils descend?
26:222 They descend on every sinful liar.
26:223 They give ear to hear (secretly,) and most of them tell lies.
26:224 As for the poets, they are followed by the straying people.
26:225 Did you not see that they wander in every valley,
26:226 and that they say what they do not?
26:227 Except those who believe and do righteous deeds and remember Allah very much, and defend themselves after they are wronged. And the wrongdoers will soon know to which place they are going to return.


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